Starry-Sky Reserve at Mont-Bellevue

Toward the first urban starry-sky oasis around the Mont-Bellevue Park nature reserve


Cégep de Sherbrooke, Université de Sherbrooke, Bishop’s University, Hydro-Sherbrooke


This project is rooted in a college-university collaborative initiative aiming to consolidate efforts at boosting student interest, retention and academic success at the college level. Students from Cégep de Sherbrooke will have the opportunity to take part in an Estrie-based societal project to create a dark-sky area in the nature reserve of Sherbrooke’s Mont-Bellevue Park.
The project rallies a team of students and teachers from Cégep de Sherbrooke, Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University, along with the lines division of Hydro-Sherbrooke. The benefits include connecting knowledge producers with municipal organizations, facilitating the transfer of technical information, and optimizing Hydro-Sherbrooke’s efforts at streetlighting conversion.

The Estrie region, and more specifically the City of Sherbrooke, is already strongly committed to preserving dark-sky areas via legislation and innovative lighting initiatives. The region is a world leader in starry sky and nighttime environment preservation.


Johanne Roby, Chemistry Department Teacher, Cégep de Sherbrooke
Martin Aubé, Physics Department Teacher, Cégep de Sherbrooke

This project has received $49,834 in financial support from PRESE under its winter 2019 funding competition. Given the excellent results of this project, the PRESE granted another $50,000 to support the implementation phase of the starry-sky oasis in an urban setting.